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Advice Needed
Yellow head
The renovated house I've moved is broken up into nine flats. The majority of the people who live here appear to be young Polish people, who've come over to England to find work. They're all young, bright and industrious. I see them trouping out in the morning, the gate clicking behind them, as the go off to their various jobs. As far as I know there's only one other English person in the house, and that's a young bloke called Malcolm, who lives in the next flat to me.

A couple of people, knowing that I have the intercobweb (including said Malcolm), have asked if they can share the line. They'd be willing to pay me for access. Now this is where I need advice, because I haven't a clue how to go about this. I have a vague notion that I might be best upgrading to wireless broadband (currently I'm using bog-standard BT Openworld). It wouldn't cost much more to upgrade and the costs could be more than offset by what I charge the others (in fact most of my phone bill could be paid for).

Being a novice at such things, I'm wondering if there are any pitfalls in doing this and will I be able to guard my own private details?

Has anyone any advice or comments?

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I can't really help with the technical details. I nkow that we're on BT broadband and we can surf separately on two computers at the same time.

I think the problem you will have is actually getting paid. I know it doesn't say much for my faith in humanity but I'm guessing you'll have all sorts of problems, and once people have access to the line it'll be difficult to stop.

If you have a lot of people sharing the line your download speeds will be affected. Even if you think that the people you share with won't be downloading heavily, that's for now and things can change. Once you're already sharing, it'll be hard to tell anyone, 'Hey, I can't share with you anymore, you're slowing me down.'

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